Guide to the Victor Van Bourg Collection, 1965-1969

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Victor Van Bourg Collection
Dates: 1965-1969
Identification: URB/VVB
Creator: Van Bourg, Victor, 1931-1999
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: Victor Van Bourg was a prominent labor lawyer in Southern California from the mid-1960s, until his death in 1999. He founded the firm Van Bourg, Allen, Weinberg, and Roger, in Orange County which represented over 400 unions and their members. The Van Bourg collection consists of files from legal cases brought to court by the law firm. The bulk of the materials consists of correspondence with union representatives and court pleadings. Of particular significance are the case files of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. There is also detailed material for the California Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO vs. Oxnard Elementary School District during the 1960s.

Biographical Information:

Victor Van Bourg was born in New York in 1931. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants who arrived in New York around 1924. By the time Van Bourg was born, his father was an active member in the local painters union. In 1935, the Van Bourg family moved to Tujunga, California, where Van Bourg's father continued his labor activities.
After studying law at Bolt Hall Law School at University of California, Berkeley, Van Bourg became concerned with the problems faced by the organized worker. His first job was with Charles P. Scully, the general council for the American Federation of Labor, State Labor Federation. In 1947, the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), led by Ernesto Galarza, became Van Bourg's major client.
Van Bourg founded the firm Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfield, where he practiced for three decades. The firm represented more than 400 unions and their members.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Audio recordings
Paper records
Publications

Personal Name:

Van Bourg, Victor J., 1931-

Topical Term:

Labor unions -- California

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall and Julie Ann Paruolo, 1985

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Victor Van Bourg Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Related Materials:

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), 1965-1967
Series II: United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), 1966-1969
Series III: California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO, 1966-1969

Scope and Contents

The Victor Van Bourg Collection consists of files from cases brought to court by Van Bourg's firm on behalf of its labor clients. The documents included in the collection reflect Mr. Van Bourg's concerns and involvement in the legal battles for workers rights. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence with union representatives and court pleadings. Of particular significance are the case files of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. There is also detailed material for the California Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO vs. Oxnard Elementary School District during the 1960s. The collection is arranged in four series: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) (1965-1967), United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) (1967-1969), California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO (1966-1969), and Non-Manuscript Material.
Series I, Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), contains material relating to cases which involved AWOC members. The material consists of affidavits, injunctions, memorandums, newspaper clippings and pleadings pertaining to each case. The cases are: AWOC vs. DiGiorgio Corporation and DiGiorgio Corporation vs. Cesar Chavez, et al. The files are arranged by case and chronological within.
Series II, United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), includes files for cases involving members of UFWOC. Materials in the series include correspondence, memorandums, pamphlets and pleadings for the following cases: Edmundson; Purity Market vs. San Francisco; Shroyer, John vs. City and County of San Francisco and Itliong, Larry vs. Welch, Robert, et. al. The files are arranged by case and chronological within.
Series III, California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO, contains a number of motions, pamphlets, and stipulations pertaining to a case between the CFT and the Oxnard Elementary School District. The Oxnard Educators Association served as interveners for the appellees. Also included are bills, correspondence, judgments, minutes, pleadings, policy statements, and reply briefs. The files are arranged according to the nature of the material and chronologically therein.
Series IV, Non-Manuscript Material, includes photographs documenting the UFW picketing of the Digiorgio Fruit Corporation's fields, and seven cassette tapes containing a 1981 oral history interview of Van Bourg conducted by Dr. Leonard Pitt, Professor of History at CSUN.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), 1965-1967

 

Box 1

Folder 1

Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) vs. DiGiorgio Fruit Corporation DiGiorgio: correspondence and memorandum, 1966 May 26-1966 June 22

Folder 2

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: correspondence and memorandum, 1966 June 22-30

Folder 3

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: correspondence and memorandum, 1966 June 5-26

Folder 4

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: correspondence and memorandum, 1966 August 4-1967 December 8

Folder 5

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings, 1966 May 20

Folder 6

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings, 1966 May 20

Folder 7

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings, 1966 May 31

Folder 8

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings, 1966 June 16

Folder 9

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings, June 22-August 16

Folder 10

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings and injunctions, 1966 June 16

Folder 11

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings and injunctions, 1966 June 16

Folder 12

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings and injunctions, 1966 June 16

Folder 13

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings and injunctions, 1966 June 22

Folder 14

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: pleadings and injunctions, 1966 June 25-1967 March 20

Folder 15

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: affidavits, 1966 March 29

Folder 16

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: affidavits, 1966 March 29

Folder 17

AWOC vs. DiGiorgio: affidavits, 1966 June 22

Folder 18

DiGiorgio vs. Cesar Chavez (Chavez): correspondence, 1965 December 22-1966 June 28

Folder 19

DiGiorgio vs. Chavez: pleadings, 1965 November 28-1965 December 13

Folder 20

DiGiorgio vs. Chavez: pleadings, 1965 December 14-18

Folder 21

DiGiorgio vs. Chavez: pleadings, 1965 December 19

Folder 22

DiGiorgio vs. Chavez: pleadings, 1965 December 20-27

Folder 23

DiGiorgio vs. Chavez: pleadings, 1965 December 27-30

Folder 24

DiGiorgio vs. Chavez: pleadings, 1965 December 30-1966 January 12

 

Series II: United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), 1967-1969

 

Box 1

Folder 25

Robert Edmundson; Purity Market vs. San Francisco: correspondence and memoranda, January-June 1967

Folder 26

Robert Edmundson; Purity Market vs. San Francisco: pleadings, June-July 1967

Folder 27

John Shroyer vs. City & County of San Francisco: correspondence and memoranda, January-July 1967

Folder 28

John Shroyer vs. City & County of San Francisco: correspondence and memoranda, August 1967-1968

Folder 29

John Shroyer vs. City & County of San Francisco: correspondence and memoranda, 1967 September 1-November 27

Folder 30

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: correspondence and memoranda, 1966 June 28-1967 December 20

Folder 31

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: correspondence and memoranda, 1968 January 8-August 15

Folder 32

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: correspondence and memoranda, 1969 April 8-May 20

Folder 33

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: pamphlet, June 1966

Folder 34

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: pamphlet and pleadings, 1967 June 16-1968 January 2

Folder 35

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: pleadings, 1968 February 29-1969 May 21

Folder 36

Larry Itliong vs. Welch, et al.: pleadings, 1969 May 31

 

Box 4

Folder 1

Photos - Delano, California, 1966 January 27

Folder 2

Photos - Delano, California, 1966 May 3

Folder 3

Delano, California, 1966 May 10

Folder 4

Delano, California, 1966 May 20

 

Series III: California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO, 1966-1967

 

Box 2

Folder 1

California Federation of Teachers (CFT) vs. Oxnard Elementary Schools (Oxnard): bills (House & Senate), 1968 February 14-April 16

Folder 2

CFT vs. Oxnard: correspondence, 1966 January 21-February 10

Folder 3

CFT vs. Oxnard: correspondence, 1968 July 2

Folder 4

CFT vs. Oxnard: judgment (p.p. 1-19), 1967 September 1

Folder 5

CFT vs. Oxnard: judgment (p.p. 20-50), 1967 September 1

Folder 6

CFT vs. Oxnard: minutes, 1967 July 19

Folder 7

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Appellants Opening Brief," "Brief for Interveners," "Interveners Answer to the Appellants' Petition for a Hearing by the Supreme Court", 1968 July 12, 1968 August 26, 1969 June 19

Folder 8

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Interveners Opposition to Petition to Recall Remittitur," "Respondents' Answer to Petition for Hearing in the Supreme Court," "Respondents' Brief", 1969 November 6, 1969 June 19, 1969 November 27

Folder 9

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Reporter's Transcript of Appeal", 1967 October 12

Folder 10

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Reporter's Transcript of Appeal", 1967 October 12

Folder 11

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Reporter's Transcript of Appeal", 1967 October 12

Folder 12

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Reporter's Transcript of Appeal", 1967 October 12

Folder 13

CFT vs. Oxnard: pamphlets, "Reporter's Transcript of Appeal", 1967 October 12

Folder 14

CFT vs. Oxnard: pleadings, 1966 July 13

Folder 15

CFT vs. Oxnard: pleadings, 1966 July 26-November 18

Folder 16

CFT vs. Oxnard: pleadings and exhibits, 1966

Folder 17

CFT vs. Oxnard: pleadings and exhibits, 1966

Folder 18

CFT vs. Oxnard: pleadings and minutes, 1967 January 13-March 6

Folder 19

CFT vs. Oxnard: policies and regulations, 1967 September 5-1969 February 14

Folder 20

CFT vs. Oxnard: pleadings, 1969 July 28- November 4

Folder 21

CFT vs. Oxnard: policies and regulations, ca. 1967

Folder 22

CFT vs. Oxnard: policies and regulations, ca. 1967

Folder 23

CFT vs. Oxnard: stipulations, 1967 April 15-December 15

 

Box 3

Folder 1

CFT vs. Oxnard: reply brief, March 1967

Folder 2

CFT vs. Oxnard: reply brief, March-July 1969

Folder 3

CFT vs. Oxnard: reply brief (p.p. 1-30), 1969 October 30

Folder 4

CFT vs. Oxnard: reply brief (p.p. 31-48), 1969 October 30